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Nike sues nearly 600 websites for selling counterfeit sneakers

Jan 20, 2021 United States
Nike sues nearly 600 websites for selling counterfeit sneakers
The US-based sportswear giant has filed a lawsuit against 589 websites allegedly selling counterfeit versions of its Nike and Converse shoes online
The process was filled in the New York District Court and Nike is also charging the owners of 676 social media accounts and more than 100 unidentified companies and individuals for “alleged counterfeit activity.”

Each of the "infringing websites … is currently, or was within the past twelve months, advertising, offering to sell, and/or selling counterfeit Nike or Converse products to United States consumers,” the complaint charges. Nike added that the defendants are operating “a counterfeit scheme” via 42 separate networks based in China, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and other foreign jurisdictions. “The vast majority of defendants’ infringing websites contain either vague or completely false statements as to the authenticity of the products being offered for sale ...In other cases, defendants infringing websites freely admit that the products being offered for sale are ‘replica versions of Nike or Converse products, with ‘replica’ being a common euphemism used to describe counterfeit goods”, Nike wrote.

Nike accused the defendants of nine counts of trademark infringement, trademark counterfeiting, trademark cyberpiracy, and other illegal actions under federal and New York State laws.

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Source: SBG

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